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Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole combines all the flavors of the big meal in a simple, easy to make, never dried out dish. This is the best way to use up those leftovers!
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Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole came about a couple of holidays ago when I was staring down a fridge full of plastic containers. Heating up leftovers separately in the microwave can take forever, and frankly, I just didn’t have it in me.
So, I created this casserole and our leftovers have never been the same!
This Thanksgiving Dinner Leftover recipe is so easy. It all cooks at the same time and can easily be modified according to how much of each leftover you have.
If you have a ton of leftovers, you can double this recipe and cook it in a 9×13 pan.
You can also adapt the ingredients you use in the casserole to fit your preferences, tastes, and what you have left over in the fridge from Thanksgiving Dinner.
Plus, we have a some other surprise Thanksgiving leftover recipe ideas too!
Cost Saving (& Delicious) Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole
I like using my leftovers from Thanksgiving in a casserole because it will feed my family for another meal or two, and I, for one, think it tastes better than heating up everything in the microwave!
Serve it with some leftover rolls and it is a hot meal with all of the wonderful tastes of Thanksgiving all over again.
It is delicious and economical! I hate to see any of the dishes I make for Thanksgiving go to waste.
It takes a lot of time, energy, and money to put on a Thanksgiving dinner, and throwing any of it out is not an option at my house!
Ingredients in Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
This could also be called Leftover Turkey Casserole because the ingredients you use just build around the turkey left over from your Thanksgiving dinner. Along with the turkey, you can layer the following:
- Mashed potatoes
- Turkey gravy
- Stuffing (or bread crumbs if you don’t have leftover stuffing)
- Green beans
- Whole berry cranberry sauce or jellied cranberry sauce
- Cheddar cheese
Frequently Asked Questions About Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
There are a ton of options for what you can do with Thanksgiving leftovers, we find our Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole or Thanksgiving Leftovers Pilgrim Sandwiches to be the easiest and tastiest.
Depends on if you have leftovers! If you do, our Leftover Casserole or Thanksgiving Sandwiches are easy and delicious. If not, we recommend something light to help you reset.
In our family, we usually have the most leftover Turkey! The stuffing and other sides go fast!
Most thanksgiving leftovers are good three to four days in the fridge, and a few months in the freezer. All the more reason to make our Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole ASAP!
It’s not recommended to eat leftover turkey after three to four days in the refrigerator.
Technically, yes, but we’d recommend freezing sooner rather than later if that’s your plan!
After three to four days in the refrigerator, or a few months in the freezer.
More Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers
If you still have leftovers after making this casserole, then here’s another delicious idea for leftovers that my family loves.
We call them Pilgrim Sandwiches or “Bobbies” because that is what they are called at Capriotti’s, one of our favorite sandwich shops.
The ingredients are used straight from the fridge, so the sandwich is cold. If you prefer to heat the ingredients or broil the sandwich, that is good too.
You can also use leftover turkey in recipes that call for chicken. Leftover turkey is delicious in our Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
- Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Combine turkey and cranberry sauce and spread evenly on the bottom of an 8×8 glass baking dish.
- Evenly press on leftover mashed potatoes and sprinkle corn over the top.
- Mix together milk and leftover gravy and spread evenly over potatoes and corn. Sprinkle on leftover stuffing and lightly drizzle chicken broth over the top (this will keep the stuffing from drying out).
- Cover with tin foil and bake at 400-degrees for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
Variations to this recipeFeel free to use whatever leftovers you have on hand. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same as what is listed here. Some ideas to try:
- Substitute rice for mashed potatoes.
- Substitute peas, carrots, or green beans for corn, or use more than one vegetable depending on what you have on hand.
- Substitute croutons or bread crumbs for the topping if you don’t have stuffing leftovers.